GRACE FOR A NEW SPRINGTIME
The NCCB Ad Hoc Committee for Catholic Charismatic Renewal prepared this statement on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of Catholic Charismatic Renewal. In March 1997 the Administrative Committee of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops approved the publication of Grace for the New Springtime as a statement of the Ad Hoc Committee for Catholic Charismatic Renewal. The statement is authorized for publication by the undersigned.
Monsignor Dennis M. Schnurr
General Secretary, NCCB/USCC
As part of the preparation for the Great Jubilee Year 2000, Pope John Paul II has asked the Church to focus on the role and charisms of the Holy Spirit. Our Ad Hoc Committee for the Catholic Charismatic Renewal felt it was appropriate to issue a statement of affirmation, support and encouragement to those who have experienced the release of gifts and charisms of the Holy Spirit– known as baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4).
Specifically on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the United States, we desire to affirm the positive impact this move of the Spirit has had in the lives of millions of people and through them the life of the Church.
Because we believe that God in His great love for His people continues to fulfill His promise to pour out His Spirit anew, we have entitled this statement: "Grace for the New Springtime". We are reminded of the words of Peter on Pentecost in reference to the vision he had of the future impact this anointing and empowerment by the Holy Spirit would have: "It was to you and your children that the promise was made and to all those still far off whom the Lord our God calls"(Acts 2:39).
Come, Holy Spirit, Come!
AS WE PREPARE FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM
On the occasion of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal's thirtieth anniversary, as well as the one hundredth anniversary of Pope Leo XIII's encyclical on the Holy Spirit, Divinum Illud, we, the U.S. Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, want to affirm again all those Catholics involved in this movement of the Holy Spirit in our day. We, likewise, "encourage them in their efforts to renew the life of the Church." (A Pastoral Statement on the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, 1984, NCCB/USCC)
As we prepare for the Third Millennium, as called for by Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter, Tertio Millennio Adveniente (As the Third Millennium Draws Near), we believe the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is particularly called and gifted by God to be with the Church as it prepares for the Great Jubilee and for the challenges it faces as we enter the new millennium.
In its thirty year's of existence, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal has brought personal spiritual renewal to the lives of millions of priests, deacons, religious, and lay Catholics. It has called countless alienated Catholics to reconciliation with the Lord and with the Church. It has deepened a love for Jesus and the Church among young people as well as so many others, including the unchurched.
Thus, for us, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal is one of the signs of hope our Holy Father is referring to as "present in the last part of this century" when he speaks of "a greater attention to the voice of the Spirit through the acceptance of charisms and the promotion of the laity." (Tertio Millennio Adveniente, 46)
We believe that "the renewed outpouring of the Spirit of Pentecost in our times" (cf. Called and Gifted for the Third Millennium, NCCB/USCC) is particularly present in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal and in the grace of baptism in the Holy Spirit.
22nd Annual San Francisco Archdiocese
Holy Spirit Conference
September 21, 2019, St. Mary's Cathedral
Chairman, Danny Garza
Assistant Chairman, Sally Yeo
Finance Officer, Jose Dela Torre
Secretary, Kyle Laluces
Treasurer, Romy Arellano
As a lay organization, the mission of the Charismatic Renewal is:
- To help all people come to know the love of God in their lives as demonstrated through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
- To help our brothers and sisters respond to God's love by loving God in return through a commitment to serve Christ and His Church.
- To assist them to listen and follow the movement of the Holy Spirit at work in their lives.
- To help our brothers and sisters recognize the ministry that God has called them to, and accept the gifts that God desires to bestow upon them for His work in our Church and in our world.
- To lead them to a New Life offered to us by the Holy Spirit.